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A Home Built Out of Trash and Millions of Beer Bottles

This home in Argentina puts to shame that epic Budweiser pyramid you built in college.

La Casa de Botellas

Recycled bottles can be turned into some pretty innovative things--World Cup jerseys or crude oil, for example. But what about bottles that roll around the sidewalk, destined to eventually end up in the trash bin? One man from Quilmes, Argentina has gathered up 6 million of those stray glass bottles over the past 19 years to build the home you see here.

La Casa de Botellas

According to artist Tito Ingenieri, La Casa de Botellas has proven useful in more ways than one. The bottles adorning the house whistle when southern winds blow in, so Ingenieri knows when the river is rising. But while the bottle house may be an excellent example of repurposing old materials, we have to wonder about its safety. In the event of a natural disaster, the house would literally shatter. And you know what they say about people in glass houses.

[Via Treehugger]

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  • Demian Machado

    Nice one!here thre is a glimpse of a house in a remote location in the island I live, made by an hermit with used bottles of cheap wine people leave in a wild beach: http://larissamaciel.files.wor...

    I guess now the city gov put it down but was very well made and beauty in it's golden times(early 2000)